First Phase of The Crucial Gujarat Assembly Polls
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This time, for BJP it is nothing short of a prestigious issue as it has been in power for almost 22 years and as far as Congress is concerned, it is an acid or rather a decisive test. The polling began at 8 am and will continue until 5 pm in the evening.
Total turnout in the last 2 hours, has been only 11 percent during the polling on 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions in the first Phase of the crucial Gujarat Assembly polls.
Beating the cold weather, people had queued up to exercise their right to vote at the polling stations after 8 am.
There were reports of technical glitches in Electronic voting machines in Surat and few other centers, but soon the polling process resumed immediately after replacing the machines, officials at EC said.
Prominent candidates for Saturday’s battle included Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Congress leaders, Shaktisinh Gohil and Paresh Dhanani. BJP has pitted Virendrasingh Jadeja against Gohil, who is also trying his luck from Mandavi.
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara also cast his vote in Rajkot. The polling campaign has shaped up as a feud between Modi and Gandhi and often turned personal.
Meanwhile, security personnel has been deployed to maintain peace and sanctity during polling, and CCTV cameras have also been installed for effective monitoring and surveillance.
The second phase will be held on December 14 for 93 assembly constituencies while counting of the votes will be completed on December 18.